A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Monday, that means its Blog Day!

As many of you know, I have a blog where I post reviews of the books I've read, called Rainy Day Reads at: http://lenoragood.blogspot.com.  I seldom post reviews of books I disliked; in fact, I seldom finish a book if I dislike it, so most of the books I review get 4 or 5 stars, some 3, and I think there is one, possibly two, 2 in the mix.

Last July I bought and read an electronic version of A Month in Mongolia –by Barbara A. B. Seiders. I loved it. I enjoyed it so much, I not only gave it a 5 Star rating, I also bought the hard copy, so I can pull it off the shelf and look at the photos at any time I want. And read the words, even if my eReader isn't charged ;-). 

The pictures on the Kindle are good, and can be expanded, and there are hot links to maps, etc., but I like a hard copy of whatever nonfiction I'm reading when possible ;-). I also read travel books of our Southwest, and of Mongolia, and any other place that looks even mildly interesting.

Sometimes, I follow a subject, such as Ancient China, and will read as many books as I can find and afford on the subject. (I have over six linear feet of books on China, most on Ancient China, and most nonfiction.) Sometimes, I follow an author, such as John Man, an historian and travel writer. I've bought and read just about all of his books. The ones that aren't in my collection will be as soon as I determine which ones they are and where to buy them.

My six-foot shelf of books on China. I have more books on China, stacked here and there
throughout the house

 If I'm reading a history, or memoir (both of which I love) or any other nonfiction, I want the Truth of the situation as much as possible. Always, of course, keeping in mind that history is written by the victor. Even when written centuries after the subject, the historian/writer must use sources that, for the most part, favor the victor/survivor. But not always. Especially in this day and age of instant social media. Alas, I seldom read 'modern' history. If I'm reading fiction, I want escape. I don't want someone's problems, unless they are going to solve them. I want a happy ever after ending at best and a thoughtful ending otherwise.

The books I read are an eclectic bunch. I read nonfiction and fiction, history and memoir, science fiction and fantasy, so if you're ever in the mood for a good read, but just don't know what book you want, check out the books on Rainy Day Reads. And, if you're thinking of buying Rainy Day a present just because she's such a nice person, I prefer my nonfiction in hard copy (used is fine and often preferred), and my fiction electronically. Interestingly enough, there's been some research that people who read hard copy books retain the information longer than when they read electronic books. Maybe that's one reason I like my nonfiction in hard copy and my fiction electronically?

I also have another blog, Rainy Day Reviews at http://rainydaysmovieoftheweek.blogspot.com where I review the movies I've watched. Again, most of the reviews get high marks, because if I don't like a movie, I don't watch it long enough to review it. Again, it's an eclectic collection, but each review is kept to 150 words. Many of the movies are Asian, with subtitles, and the movies run the gamut from Samurai to memoir, from family to adult only, I'm a fan of Akira Kurosawa so there are several of his movies, and I'm in deep lust with Peter Dinklage, so there are a few of his, too.;-) I do let my readers know if it is violent and or there is a lot of sex.

Then, of course, there is this blog, which is always a crapshoot as to what will show up. (crapshoot  1. A toss up, roll of the dice, or a gamble. Anything could happen. www.urbandictionary.com ) I've even opened up the discussion, as to what you, my readers would like me to write about, and I get no responses, so apparently you like whatever I write. Or are too polite to tell me otherwise ;-)

And with that, Gentle Reader, I bid you a fantastical and marvelous week. Go forth, read books however you like them, laugh every day and keep a smile on your face.

A few of my favorite things

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